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Graphic Black and White Kitchens for 10 Styles

Color fads come and go, but black and white kitchens will never go the way of avocado appliances and orange linoleum counters. This crisp contrasting palette is a classic that serves all styles, from traditional to contemporary. It's also very versatile; if you tire of it, you can always add colors via fabrics and accessories. If the strong graphic look of black and white has piqued your interest, check out how to make it work in your favorite style.

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The large-scale harlequin floor grounds the room in a traditional pattern. Glass cabinet fronts reflect the light, while the scalloped window treatment and drum pendant lights soften the room.

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The light fixtures have a Parisian flea market look, and French café stools lend industrial style. Subway tile with gray grout is another vintage classic that blends the vent hood into the wall. Traditional hardware and wood trim finish off the look.

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The large chalkboard wall is family friendly, casually arranged open shelves make things easygoing, and beadboard is a cottage classic.

Key elements: Traditional elements include the checkerboard floor, radiator cover, pendant lights and fabric Roman shade. Contemporary elements include the updated take on Klismos chairs, the lacquered oval table and the simple black frames on the artwork. The mix of traditional and contemporary is well balanced.

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Floral wallpaper, a chalkboard, topiaries and farmhouse chairs bring country style to this kitchen. A midcentury modern Tulip Table is an unexpected twist.

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One black accent wall keeps the kitchen from looking washed out. The artwork brings a range of colors to the otherwise strict palette, while dalmatian-print chairs bring whimsy.

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: A black and white subway sign sets the tone for this clean-lined galley kitchen. Glossy reflective surfaces and lots of clever lighting tricks brighten the room, which does not receive any natural light.

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Glossy surfaces create a sleek kitchen; dashes of bling from the light fixtures glam up the room.

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Color blocking creates a powerful graphic geometry in this contemporary kitchen. The black and white palette is broken up by touches of wood and one renegade lime green stool.

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The statement chandelier creates a large focal point over the futuristic stainless steel island. The cabinets practically recede into the walls visually, and skylights make things even brighter.